AE As. 8.23g, 26mm
MINTED: Rome mint, AD 80-81
REF: Cf. RIC II 218
OBVERSE: [IMP T CAES] VESP AVG P [M TR P COS VIII], laureate head left.
REVERSE: [AETERNIT AVG], Aeternitas standing right, resting left foot on globe, holding sceptre and cornucopiae; S-C in fields.
Coppery surfaces with roughness and pitting, but with a decent enough portrait of Titus.
Titus was the eldest son of Emperor Vespasian and the first man to inherit the throne from his own father. When Vespasian was governor of Judea and the First Jewish-Roman War erupted, it was Titus who bravely led the legions that beseiged and captured Jerusalem. Upon his father's ascension, Titus served as commander of the Praetorian Guard and also shared many of the emperor's political duties. It was under Titus that the Colosseum was completed and inaugurated. When several disasters occured - the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in AD 79, and the devastation of parts of Rome by fire and plague the next year - the emperor released great sums of money in an effort to relieve the suffering of those affected. When he died prematurely in AD 81 of a fever, having been on the throne for just over two years, Titus was deeply mourned by the populace of Rome.
TITUS . AD 79-81 . AE As . Aeternitas . *Budget bronze of Titus*
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